Born in 1882, my grandfather Will Carleton Daniells was the fourth child of Carey Reed and Catherine Stowell Daniells. He married Iva Bliss in 1907. I included considerable information on W.C. and Iva in my post of July 22, and their wedding photo and newspaper article are shown on July 23. Excerpts from the July 22nd post about Will Carleton are reprinted below. The Wolf at the Door on September 18th is an example of his favorite humor.
Will Carleton graduated from the Wacousta 10th grade school in 1901 in the same class with Iva Bliss. The following day, he left for New York where he went to work for Ingersoll Watch, testing 2500 watches per day at $9 per week. He followed his older brothers Estee and Allan in working for Ingersoll. In 1902, he went to Fort Worth, Texas, to Draughon’s Business College.
He graduated in 1903 and moved to Chicago where he worked for his brother, Estee, as a shipping clerk at Ingersoll. He held that job until 1906. He also worked at the Auditorium nights and was head usher for Gonzales Church when he injured his knee in a fall on the stairs.
W.C., as he was often known, purchased 40 acres of the King Ranch, Kingsville, Texas, and went there in the spring of 1906. After a year there, he returned to Wacousta long enough to marry Iva Bliss at her family’s farm, “the Pivot”.
W.C. and Iva had five daughters: Dora Katherine, Mary Deone (my mother), Estella Elizabeth “Betty”, Eleanor Grace, and Iva Georgene “Jean.”
W.C. spent the later years of his life in the citrus industry of Florida. He developed the tangelo and was known as “The Tangelo King.”